2019 Shortlist

International Shortlist | Canadian Shortlist | Anthology

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Announcing the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist

International Shortlist

The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus Book: The Perseverance
Poet: Raymond Antrobus
Publisher: Penned in the Margins
Lake Michigan by Daniel Borzutzky Book: Lake Michigan
Poet: Daniel Borzutzky
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Autobiography of Death, by Don Mee Choi, translated from the Korean written by Kim Hyesoon International Winner
Book: Autobiography of Death
Translator: Don Mee Choi
Poet: Kim Hyesoon
Publisher: New Directions
Negative Space, by Ani Gjika, translated from the Albanian written by Luljeta Lleshanaku Book: Negative Space
Translator: Ani Gjika
Poet: Luljeta Lleshanaku
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
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Canadian Shortlist

The Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand Book: The Blue Clerk
Poet: Dionne Brand
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Quarrels by Eve Joseph Canadian Winner
Book: Quarrels
Poet: Eve Joseph
Publisher: Anvil Press
The Art of Dying by Sarah Tolmie Book: The Art of Dying
Poet: Sarah Tolmie
Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University Press
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The Griffin Poetry Prize 2019 Anthology

Edited by Kim Maltman

House of Anansi Press

Each year The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology features the work of the extraordinary poets shortlisted for the awards and introduces us to some of the finest poems in their collections.

The 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize anthology has been released in print and digital braille versions. Learn more from House of Anansi Press and the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS).

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Photo credits:
Raymond Antrobus, by Tenee Attoh
Dionne Brand, by Jason Chow

See also 2018 Shortlist.